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Food AMERICA: THE COOKBOOK Gabrielle Langholtz

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Weighing in at a whopping 767 pages, this cookbook by food writer Gabrielle Langholtz, award-wining editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn, is a 50-state marathon that aims to puts America on a tasting plate. No stranger to culinary road trips, Langholtz tasks herself with the seemingly impossible challenge of rediscovering American cuisine and salvaging the country from its reputation as the world’s junk food capital. Along the way, she interviews chefs, historians, home cooks, butchers, foragers and fishers. With 800 recipes covering everything from starters, mains and desserts to breakfasts and bakery items, there are also state-bystate guest contributions, where a who’s who of the country’s food writers and chefs share stories and recipes. All up, America: The Cookbook is a ‘sea to shining sea’ success.

BOURKE STREET BAKERY: ALL THINGS SWEET Paul Allam & David McGuinness

You have to admire the passion of cookbook creators who use the words ‘we love and respect sugar’; who devote 57 pages of their book to croissant dough and all its many, many uses; and who tell you to sleep less so you can bake more. Paul Allam and David McGuinness, founders of Sydney’s Bourke Street Bakery, are evangelists for using the best-quality ingredients, feeling pastry under your hands, and baking ‘properly’. The recipes, which are ‘memories in the making’, range from easily achievable cakes and muffins to more challenging pastries, with everything sweet in between. Some of the recipes are a little more difficult than others, but that’s part of the fun.

AUSTRALIAN BUSH SUPERFOODS Lily Alice & Thomas O’Quinn

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This guide-cum-cookbook takes 40 bush superfoods and pairs them with individual plant-based recipes. Alice’s charming botanical illustrations accompany informative text on each native plant’s habitat, indigenous uses and superfood credentials. A handy introductory guide on where to buy your bush superfoods, and whether to expect to find them dried, fresh or frozen, is a great kickstart to trying out the recipes. With its tangysweet flavour, kutjera (bush tomato) is ideal as a pasta sauce served with buckwheat noodles, while the citrus-flavoured fruit of the yellow aspen tree makes a perfect dessert slice. Passed down by indigenous people over the millennia for their medicinal and culinary properties, these superfoods are a both a great addition to the home kitchen and an introduction to Australian bush tucker.

COLOUR OF MAROC Rob Palmer & Sophia Palmer

This is a love story: not only between Australian food photographer Rob Palmer and his French-Moroccan wife, Sophia, but also between the two authors and the magical culture of Morocco. Turning the pages of this book draws us into the romance of it all, particularly through the evocative photographs and first-person travel narrative. The focus is food, and there is plenty of it. Recipes for fragrant tagines and stews, delicate pastries, refreshing soups, exotic salads and pantry staples including preserved lemons, harissa and pumpkin jam will leave you debating where to head first – the airport or the kitchen.

Affirm PB $35

Home cooks of all levels of experience will find inspiration in Cooking with Kindness – a cookbook that roundly dispels the notion that a vegan diet must inevitably be boring. Pam Ahern, the founder of Edgar’s Mission, has collected 70 vegan recipes from an impressively varied list of chefs and restaurants. Beginners will find a range of simple recipes to test, while those who like a culinary challenge will be tempted by the recipes offered by trendy Melbourne restaurant and bar Transformer and the decadent Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio. All royalties from the sale of the book go to Edgar’s Mission, a not-for-profit sanctuary that provides a safe haven for over 450 rescued farmed animals.

Highly Recommended CHAMPAGNE: A SECRET HISTORY

Robert Walters Allen & Unwin PB $32.99 A wine merchant and vineyard owner reveals the clandestine history of the Champagne region and dispels many of the myths that persist about the world’s most celebrated wine style.

THE WOMAN WHO FOOLED THE WORLD

Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano Scribe PB $32.99 The sordid story of the young Australian woman who perpetrated a global cancer con, and an exposé of the wellness industry that enabled her rise.

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BAKECLASS Anneka Manning

Australian cooking-school owner and food writer Anneka Manning guides her readers through a unique step-by-step lesson sequence to help them master the 10 fundamental mixing methods that provide the foundation for all baking recipes. BakeClass features over 90 sweet and savoury recipes that build baking know-how and confidence in a progressive and practical way. No wonder Stephanie Alexander describes it as ‘an absolute winner’.

COMING TO MY SENSES Alice Waters

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Culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of her world-famous restaurant Chez Panisse and the beginning of her quest to promote organic, locally grown produce in America. In this memoir, Waters writes about her childhood in New Jersey, her time at UC Santa Barbara (when extracurricular drinking got her kicked out of her sorority on ‘morals charges’), her move to UC Berkeley when she was drawn into the free speech movement, her lifedefining year in Paris and her short career as a teacher, which was curtailed when she refused to stop wearing see-through tops to work. Her evocations of Paris and of hippieera Berkeley are loving, and her account of coming to the realisation that she wanted to promote a very particular style and type of food and eating is fascinating.

CORNERSMITH: SALADS & PICKLES Alex Elliott-Howery & Sabine Spindler

COOKING WITH KINDNESS Edgar’s Mission

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BAKING Rodolphe Landemaine

This comprehensive reference book is perfect for anyone seeking to acquire the technical know-how required to become an expert in the art of baking. Step-by-step photographs accompany each recipe, demystifying the intricacies of baking treats such as baguettes, sourdough and specialty breads, pastries, brioche and cakes. French baker Landemaine explains the fundamentals (types of flours and starters; stages of fermentation; basic doughs and fillings), and includes a comprehensive illustrated glossary outlining techniques and showing the utensils you will need to become a talented boulanger.

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This is the second cookbook from the Sydney-based family business whose cafes, ‘picklery’ and cooking school are aimed at creating delicious and sustainable food. Cornersmith: Salads & Pickles presents exciting and achievable ways to celebrate humble fruit and veg through salads, pickles and fermenting. While an uptick in consciousness around food waste means more cooks are conscious of what goes into the bin, the resourcefulness of the Cornersmith crew is next-level, seeing them finding genuinely appetising uses for the most unlikely scraps – including peels, cobs, stems and braising liquids. Organised by season, this gorgeous book makes it easy to use what’s abundant and affordable. The hunger-inducing photography means the hardest thing is deciding what to make first.

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Michael Mosley Simon & Schuster PB $29.99

THE CLEVER GUTS DIET RECIPE BOOK

Clare Bailey & Joy Skipper Simon & Schuster PB $35 Michael Mosley’s bestselling and revelatory journey through the gut and its companion cookbook, which includes 150 delicious and healthy recipes.

LITTLE SECRETS

Anna Snoekstra Harlequin PB $29.99 Fans of Jane Harper’s The Dry are likely to also enjoy this Aussie crime novel set in a rural town and featuring a young female protagonist.

DREAMSCAPES

HEARTWOOD

THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS

ON THE JAVA RIDGE

Claire Takacs Hardie Grant HB WAS $70 NOW $59.99 Seventy of the world’s most spectacular gardens, all photographed at the height of their beauty.

Arundhati Roy Hamish Hamilton PB $32.99 The long-anticipated second novel from the Booker Prize– winning author of The God of Small Things features a cast of unforgettable characters caught up in the tide of history.

Rowan Reid Melbourne Books HB $49.95 Forest scientist Rowan Reid proposes a radical new approach to forestry and Landcare, challenging the idea that harvesting trees for timber is always bad for the environment.

Jock Serong Text PB $29.99 This fast-paced literary thriller from the author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket is set against the backdrop of Australia’s widely condemned refugee policy.

Gleebooks Summer Reading Guide 2017  
Gleebooks Summer Reading Guide 2017  

Summer 2017's best books selected by your favourite independent bookseller.